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Points but -- -- -- about the economy.
Our next guest supports president Obama's new fifty billion dollar plan -- infrastructure spending he says Republicans should support it as well.
Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell joins the right now got a welcome to the program.
Marty Stuart just so I think you'll have to -- even with a smile on your face that this is money that goes straight to the unions.
-- this program last year.
You told us that the union guys who was striking the Philly transit transit system were -- it's.
How do you feel about that -- that crept up on it goes straight to you since you're going to be deeply doubtful.
Let me start off by saying that the union has transit workers union were nuts and after the I did that show they signed the contract that.
-- -- sign -- that's number one gets a number two.
Here's your premise and and -- you are almost always right so I hesitate to correct you but your premise on the stimulus construction and infrastructure money is wrong.
Almost 98% of that money goes to engineering firms architecture firms.
And contract in -- almost none of it is done by government workers at all and as to the contract confirms.
They don't have to be union we do -- like most states do.
And nonunion firms can win those -- the only requirement is Chris federal money that they have to pay prevailing wage.
But a lot of that money goes to nonunion contractors and not -- virtually none -- it comes to government workers.
I always think of -- I think it viewers as mr.
infrastructure that was a main point that you raised consistently if I felt many many years now on that that's how I think of you that look.
And interestingly Stuart Anderson if I can interject -- this president put his stimulus before the congress.
An unlikely duo of Barbara Boxer and Jim -- off one of the most liberal members and one of the most conservative members.
There that chairman and the ranking member of public works.
They tried to triple the amount of infrastructure spending in the stimulus they were beaten back by the administration -- -- why but this is not a partisan issue.
But that bit a bit but look you you spend all this money.
On the stimulus fund 814 billion dollar could not all of it spent but the big chunk of it was supposed to go to shovel ready projects.
But it didn't.
And now when they stimulus program appears to be in real trouble you come back.
-- you asking for more all of the same.
Say it you know the I think you can't tell me is gonna walk government.
Well I I think the infrastructure part of the stimulus has been the most successful.
I think it has produced jobs in Pennsylvania with 100%.
Of our contracts are -- and 91%.
Of the work and those contracts is under -- right now a little bit of a vote that we -- -- -- construction season next year but most of it's underway.
And we took a snapshot Stewart and -- June 30.
Found that there were 8600.
Workers stimulus paid only projects working on the bridges and roads.
And another 3600.
Back in the factories steel asphalt concrete factories.
Working on stimulus orders they've been rehired because the stimulus funding so I won't argue with you today within the overall stimulus -- work.
But the infrastructure part of it has put people back to work you can see it everywhere you go in Pennsylvania and I think you can see it most.
Democrats are running away from it.
I mean you can -- very very few Democrats are coming out let's say we want another stimulus program we want it we like this fifty billion dollars infrastructure think they all running all of.
What most tour.
-- you -- you you might be surprised to learn that Democrats aren't always right.
This is something that could help the nation.
It's very important first of all we needed have you seen the state of our bridges our roads our highways -- dams or levees.
Our water systems and wastewater systems this is something we desperately need in fact we want to do it ten year -- -- I -- committee about.
Homeless -- think you know that the public no longer believes.
That's the way we do infrastructure projects now.
Actually books there's enormous I agree with cynicism because -- -- performance.
Of existing infrastructure programs.
In the world golf.
I I agree that the public has a lack of confidence in the way we distribute infrastructure funds.
He usually depends on who's the most powerful congressman or senator that's why the president's proposal for the infrastructure bank.
He's so extraordinarily important because that bank will judge.
Projects on their merit no that's you know process it will be politicized.
It's government structure a government funded.
Government created it will.
You you know that congress who will go to that -- I had you know.
My district needs this my district needs that you know it's just -- happened governor.
I I believe it won't happen just like the Brack commission you know when the Brack commission started people said -- the congressman influence what's closed and what's not closed.
And by and large -- Brack commission has worked very very well I know that we've been on the receiving end of some closings that I objected to.
But on balance it's been very successful and pretty non political.
It depends on who you put on it and how you structured and the most important thing people say -- -- do you think that the Obama administration.
Would put in charge of an infrastructure bank.
The -- well -- you know.
I've recommended to them I think they would consider senator George Voinovich who is -- very strong proponent of infrastructure who's a Republican of incredible integrity.
Someone like that I think would be perfect Felix -- from Ohio I wrote I don't know Voinovich -- from Ohio.
A swing stolen images from my apparently politically Republican state in hope can't blow to fight them to have that.
How that Felix wrote him.
New York to be chairman of the back New York.
We've got a swing state.
That it doesn't instead they got a well it didn't pick up at -- -- wrap around and maybe they do instant I've always done it but Felix wrote him.
Is one of the most respected.
-- one of the most respected investors in this country by everybody and he would be a perfect choice I think he can do this right.
And look the answer is we've got to try -- you know the stated the American infrastructure and this is a good job creator.
It's good paying jobs that can't be outsourced anywhere.
You've got a great way of getting the last would Ian with a smile on my face everybody likes you -- you know that everybody.
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